Wendy’s® Gives Back 2022

Posted on December 5, 2022

For more than 30 incredible years, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Wendy’s have had a special relationship built on a shared commitment to achieving our mutual founder Dave Thomas’ vision that every child will have a permanent home and a loving family. Since 1992, The Wendy’s Company, fr

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Building Fund Donors

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(as of June 30, 2022) In 2017, the Foundation launched an ambitious, multi-year business plan to expand the reach of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Since then, the Foundation’s staff more than doubled in size. We knew we needed a new building where we could continue to

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Supporter Spotlights of 2022

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The following individuals represent our ever-growing base of supporters who are passionately powering the Foundation’s mission. We are humbled to share some of the many reasons they support our work. Pat Swanick and his wife, Diana, have a special place in their hearts for adoption. Both originally

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The Freedom to Be Me: Brianna’s Story

Posted on October 3, 2022

New York At just 8 years old, Brianna was placed in foster care, through no fault of her own, after experiencing years of abuse and neglect. The youngest of six children, Brianna was separated from her siblings, including her oldest sister, Amanda. “When you go into foster care, you’re like,

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Before I was Adopted – Radio


Thanks to our generous community of supporters, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has found forever families more than 12,000 children. But the number of children waiting to be adopted from foster care continues to rise as families are devastated by the opioid crisis and other issues. More tha

Before I was Adopted – TV


Thanks to our generous community of supporters, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption has found forever families more than 12,000 children. But the number of children waiting to be adopted from foster care continues to rise as families are devastated by the opioid crisis and other issues. More tha

Update on Niyah and Elias’ Story: A team worth rooting for

Posted on July 6, 2022

Mississippi After Kameca’s friend opened her and Jamar’s eyes to the great need for foster-to-adopt families, the couple sought to find a way to create permanency for children in foster care. Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter, Kenyata, was looking for a forever family for Niyah and Elias — siblings w

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Love Goes the Distance: Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain’s Story

Posted on April 29, 2022

Oregon For five long years, siblings Jermesha, Floyd and Jermain were without a safe, permanent home. They were placed in foster care as babies because of abuse, malnourishment and neglect. Unfortunately, Jermesha was separated from her younger brothers. Floyd and Jermain would often go more than a

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